Scene 1* A sergeant and a recruiting officer wait on the side of the road. * Mother Courage and her children drive up in their cart. * The officers ask to see Mother Courage's ID papers. * Mother Courage tries to sell goods to the officers. * Mother Courage makes a prophecy of who will live and who will die in the war. * Mother Courage's sons agree to join the army.
Scene 2* Mother Courage tries to sell a capon to a cook. * The cook eventually agrees to buy the bird although he feels it's overpriced. * Eilif enters the tent with the commander and a chaplain. * Eilif is praised for attacking the peasants for their oxen. * Mother Courage describes her opinion of courage. * Mother Courage scolds Eilif for not surrendering when the peasants cornered him.
Scene 3* Mother Courage outfits Swiss Cheese for autumn. * Mother Courage is confident Swiss Cheese won't steal the pay box...
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